Italian Kids vs. American Kids

American kids: Move out when they’re 18 with the full support of their parents.

Italian kids: Move out when they’re 28, having saved enough money for a house, and are two weeks away from getting married….unless there’s room in the basement for the newlyweds.


American kids: When their Mom visits them she brings a Bundt cake and you sip coffee and chat.

Italian kids: When their Mom visits them she brings 3 days worth of food, begins to tidy up, dust, do the laundry and rearrange the furniture.


American kids: Their dads always call before they come over to visit them, and it’s usually only on special occasions.

Italian kids: Are not at all fazed when their dads show up, unannounced, on a Saturday morning at 8:00 and starts pruning the fruit trees. If there are no fruit trees, he’ll plant some.


American kids: Always pay retail, and look in the Yellow Pages when they need to have something done.

Italian kids: Call their dad or uncle and ask for another dad’s or uncle’s phone number to get it done…cash deal. Know what I mean??


American kids: Will come over for cake and coffee and get only cake and coffee. No more.

Italian kids: Will come over for cake and coffee and get antipasto, wine, a pasta dish, a choice of two meats, salad, bread, a cannoli, fruit, espresso, and a few after dinner drinks.


American kids: Will greet you with ‘Hello’ or ‘Hi’.

Italian kids: Will give you a big hug, a kiss on your cheek and a pat on your back.


American kids: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.

Italian kids: Call your parents Mom and Dad.


American kids: Have never seen you cry.

Italian kids: Cry with you.


American kids: Borrow your stuff for a few days and then return it.

Italian kids: Keep your stuff so long they forget it’s yours.


American kids: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.

Italian kids: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing and just being together.


American kids: Know few things about you.

Italian kids: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.


American kids: Eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on soft mushy white bread.

Italian kids: Eat Genoa Salami and Provolone sandwiches on crusty Italian bread.


American kids: Will leave you behind if that’s what the crowd is doing.

Italian kids: Will kick the whole crowds’ ass that left you behind.  (Thats my favorite one.)


American kids: Are for a while.

Italian kids: Are for life.


American kids: Like Rod Stewart, and Steve Tyrell.

Italian kids: Worship Tony Bennett and Sinatra.


American kids: Think that being Italian is cool.

Italian kids: Know that being Italian is cool.


American kids: Will ignore this.

Italian kids: Will forward it.



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